Garlic Butter Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
Aromatics and lemon lend pleasant flavor to this garlic butter shrimp recipe. I like to serve it over wild rice mix from a box. —Sheryll Hughes-Smith, Brandon, Mississippi
Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a large skillet, saute the shrimp and garlic in butter until shrimp turn pink, 5 minutes. Add lemon juice; heat through. Serve with rice and if desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Garlic Butter Shrimp Tips

Can you use frozen shrimp instead of fresh shrimp in this recipe?

Yes, you can cook frozen shrimp in the skillet—no thawing necessary! The mixture might take a minute or two longer to cook. Make sure?shrimp are fully cooked (i.e., opaque with pink or red streaks) before you dig in.

What can you pair with Garlic Butter Shrimp?

Take inspiration from seafood restaurants with a side of cheesy?homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes,?pasta and?roasted vegetables.

What are some variations of this Garlic Butter Shrimp?

Add cayenne pepper for kick or stir in shredded Parmesan cheese. You can also use a different butter to make your sauce really stand out.

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked shrimp: 203 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein.